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How much does it cost to join a club?
Age, membership type, operation costs & sponsorship will have an affect on the membership you pay. The current range is $46 to $149.
Your membership is made up of 3 levies; Athletics NZ, Athletics Otago & the Club Levy. The first 2 are preset and remain the same no matter what club you join, but the club levy will differ from club to club.
To find out more just get in contact with the club or simply turn up to the club night to ask questions in person.
Alternatlviy, all club websites or Facebook pages will have a registration link for you to join up straight away.
All Registrations are managed via Athletics NZ portal Gameday. You will be asked to creae an account with Gameday prior to Registering. See more information on Gameday on Our Club Page.
How long does my membership last?
Memberships typically run for 1 year from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 so you can compete all year round by participating in Harriers in the Winter Season & Track & Field in the Summer Season. The Exception is 15+ social 20+ Competitive are now a rolling membership so you will have 12months membership from day of registration.
I only want to compete in the Harrier Season, do I still pay for the whole year?
Typically the Levy from Athletics NZ & Athletics Otago are a set fee to cover the 1 year membership from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. Individual clubs may offer a discount for their portion of the levy if you do not intend to participate all year round.
Talk to your club about flexible membership options.
Can I give it a go first before I join a club?
Yes, most clubs will offer 'give it a go days' at the beginning of either winter or summer seasons. Just ask.
Athletics Otago offer Give it a Go day for Children at the begininng of the season OR 15+ can try a 1 day registration at any time.
What do I get for my membership?
All of or clubs are unique with some offering both Winter Harrier & Summer T&F, whilst others can be geared toward a Children's T&F club.
We suggest you go onto each clubs Facebook page & Website or simply join the club nearest to you. Check out our club page for more info.
If you register Competitive then you have access to all Athletics Otago Interclub events throughout the entire year.
What is an Interclub competition?
As well as club nights; competitive members can participate in interclub events that are held most weekends. During winter, Harrier events are held at varied locations, whilst during Summer, Track & Field events are mostly held at the Caledonian Track in Dunedin.
Yes. Your membership includes registration to Athletics NZ so if you intend to travel to another region, check in with how they run their Interclub & how you would enter a competition. At Otago we regularly have athletes from Canterbury & Southland travel to our Interclub competitions.
What about University Students & High School Youth Boarding. Do they have to join a new club?
No. You can still use your hometown club membership. We love seeing our university students compete at the Caley and have several High School Students who still run for their local clubs.
Caledonian Track (The Caley) - Interclub For Competitive Athletes
Where is the track located?
The Caledonian track is located at 50 Logan Park Drive, Dunedin North. Entrance is off Anzac Ave (by Forsyth Barr Stadium) down Logan Park Drive which is one way. There are multiple places to park but being a one way street you may have to do a couple of loops finding your perfect spot!
Yes. The Caledonion Track is manged by the Duneidn City Council and is open to the public 7 days a week and is used extensively by a wide variety of people.
The only time it is unavailable to the public is when it been prebooked for an event such as an Athletics Otago Interclub meet or a School Sports Day Booking.
The track will be unavailable during the Womens World cup in 2023 from June 22 to August 5th.
What are spikes & do I need them?
"Spikes" is the general term that refers to a Track shoe which has 6 spikes at the toe end of the shoe.You do not have to have spikes to compete on the track. Flat running shoes are fine.
But, if you are serious about competing you might want to consider getting some track shoes with spikes in them which help to grip the track in Summer (6mm) or grip the grass in Winter (12mm). Talk to your local sports shoe shop about whether to get a general purpose shoe or event specific such as harrier, sprint, middle distance or a jump shoe.
Do I need my own Throwing Equipment?
No. We have all the equipment you need. Age & Gender determines the weight of each throwing implement.
Do I have to use the Starting Blocks at the start of my race?
From Grade 12+ all athletes use the starting blocks for all races 400m and under. We have people during Interclub who can help you set up OR join a club to learn and practice. Children 10+ who wear spikes must also use the Starting Blocks.
How do I enter an event at The Caley?
CHILDREN. Please fill out the once only online registration form. See top of Childrens Facebook Page. Then just turn up on the day wearing your club uniform, competition number & Grade Patch.
SENIOR Competition. You will need to enter in advance. See Senior Facebook or the online entry portal on the website. Entries close 12noon the day before the competition. There is a $10 cost for registered members or $20 cost for a one day membership for unregistered memebers.
Can Older Children enter a Senior Competition?
Yes. Athletes Grade 12 or older are allowed to compete in Athletics Otago senior competitions provided they are going to be in Year 9 or above in the season of competition. They will be entered in U14.
Where Do I Get a Competition Number From?
In Winter you will be given a Race number/Bib prior to your event as we often use elecronic timing which means the numbers have an electronic chip on them.
From 1 October, Athletics Otago will issue numbers to all athletes who have signed up as competitive with AO through Gameday. You will keep this number for the season.
Why do I have to Wear a Number?
Your number identifies you so that we can accuratley record your performances agianst your name. See our Results Page to see your name in print.
On the track our races are electronically timed with photo finish and it is vital we identify what number is in each lane.
Why do I have to enter a time or distance when I enter a Senior Competition?
The Senior competition seeds the Track events so that athletes get to compete along side similar ability.